Telephone Answering Machine

Description (Brief)
The model 5500 Code-a-Phone was one of several telephone answering machines Ford industries produced in the early 1980s. These answering machines were produced for differing markets. The model 5500 featured a metal case and front-facing controls. The design, intended for commercial rather than residential use, was durable and easy to use for a seated receptionist. This particular unit was used in a hospital.
Currently not on view
Object Name
telephone answering machine
recording device
answering machine
date made
ca 1981
Ford Industries, Inc.
Physical Description
plastic (overall material)
metal (overall material)
overall: 10.2 cm x 30.5 cm x 25.4 cm; 4 in x 12 in x 10 in
ID Number
catalog number
accession number
Magnetic Recording
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Work and Industry: Electricity
Magnetic Recording
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center
Credit Line
from PhoneTel Communications Inc., thru Daniel Henderson
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